Belgian Grand Prix 2014 – Preview

After almost a month of summer break, F1 is back in business again and the next race of this year’s season will be in Belgium. The Belgian Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, August 24 on Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, one of the oldest F1 racetracks that are still in use today. It’s the 12th race of the season and the first race after the annual summer break. It will be interesting to know how the teams will perform in this race after all the adjustments they made during the break.

Spa-Francorchamps

Each F1 racetrack gives unique challenges to drivers. If you think Hungaroring is a very tricky track, Belgium’s legendary Spa-Francorchamps wouldn’t be left behind in terms of the difficulties it gives to drivers.  This track was used for racing as far back as 1925. Before, when it still has a length of 14.9 kilometers, it had a reputation as one of the notorious circuits in racing, being the site of some of the most deadliest accidents in motor racing. In 1979, it was shortened to 7.004 kilometers and redesigned to conform to modern standards and be a safer track. It has been the venue of the Belgian Grand Prix from 1983 up to the present.

Even after Spa-Francorchamps was shortened, it’s still the longest F1 racetrack today. There are a total of 19 corners on the track. Some of those turns like the Eau Rouge, Pouhon and Blanchimont have provided some of the difficult tests both for drivers and engineers over the years. Drivers love this track because of the mixture of long straights and fast corners on it. To this day, Spa remains one of the most challenging circuits in the F1 racing and only 6 drivers have managed to win the Belgian Grand Prix on this track more than twice.

The Race

The Belgian Grand Prix will be held on August 24, Sunday and the race will begin at 2pm (local time). The drivers will race on Spa-Francorchamps a track which is 7.004 kilometers long. There will be a total of 44 laps in this race and the total distance that will be covered is 308.052 kilometers. A lap on this race is usually taken at 72% full throttle making it one of the fastest races in the calendar.

The drivers, constructors and standings

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes still leads the race for the drivers championship with 202 points. But after he failed to make a podium finish in the last race at Hungary, his lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton had shrunk to just 11 points. Daniel Ricciardo is still a far third with 131 points despite his win in Hungary. With just 8 races remaining, both Rosberg and Hamilton are still in a very close race for the title.

On the constructors’ side, Mercedes have totally pulled away from the rest with 393 points. Their nearest competitor is Red Bull with 219 points. Everybody knows that the competition for the constructors’ title is now over .

Betting Tips

Kimi Raikonnen is the most successful driver on the Belgian Grand Prix among the participants this weekend.  He has won the race four times already (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009). Sebastian Vettel has won it twice (2011, 2013) while Lewis Hamilton has only won it once in 2010. McLaren’s Jenson Button also won the race in 2012. Nico Rosberg on the other hand is still yet to win this race. His best finish here so far was last year when he ended the race at 4th spot.

I strongly doubt if Raikonnen can still win this race but I do agree with the odds offered on most betting sites which have Hamilton and Rosberg head to head as favorites to win this race. 5Dimes has Hamilton at 1.83, while Pinnacle Sports hangs Rosberg at 2.92 to win this race. Rosberg has been very frustrated with the outcome of the Hungarian Grand Prix and he’s determined to pull away from his teammate to secure the title the earliest time possible. I think he’ll give all that he got here and win this one.

Betting Tips: Nico Rosberg to win, 2.92 (Odds from Pinnacle Sports)